Drug find worth 34 days in jail

A New Matamoras woman caught with synthetic marijuana after a traffic crash was sentenced Monday in Washington County Common Pleas Court to 34 days in jail.

Elizabeth S. Langsdorf, 51, of 1695 State Route 260, will get credit for four days served and will also spend a year under community control sanctions, ordered Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Randall Burnworth.

Langsdorf pleaded guilty Nov. 12 to possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

“This was a traffic accident. She went left of center into a guardrail,” said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Jared Erb.

Responding troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported that Langsdorf was acting erratically and displaying signs of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the scene of the March 1 accident on Ohio 7.

Langsdorf admitted to officers that she had recently smoked XLR-11-commonly referred to as synthetic marijuana, K2, or spice-and still had some of the controlled substance in her vehicle.

Possession of the same amount of real marijuana would actually be a minor misdemeanor, said Erb. However, the chemicals used in the synthetic drug are considered stronger, he said.

Up until it became illegal in Ohio in October 2011, the substance could be legally purchased at area stores.

Langsdorf’s attorney Dennis Sipe said Langsdorf was prepared to go forward with the agreed disposition.

No restitution was ordered in the case.

The March accident also resulted in two misdemeanor charges in Marietta Municipal Court. Langsdorf was found guilty of a minor misdemeanor failure to control charge and a first-degree misdemeanor OVI charge resulting from the same incident. According to Marietta Municipal Court records, Langsdorf was sentenced to 33 days in the Washington County Jail for the OVI charge, but had 30 days suspended in exchange for no new charges.

Langsdorf faced a maximum 12 months in prison on the fifth-degree felony charge.